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Serious Entertaining: How to Make 'Thoughtful Guest' Sides for a Labor Day Cookout

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You're going to someone's cookout party this Labor Day weekend and the host asks you to bring sides. How do you fulfill the request and maintain your standing as a thoughtful guest?

In addition to the three side dish recipes above, here are six suggestions for simple and stylish servingware:

1. RARITET Food Saver from IKEA ($4.99): This inexpensive dish won't discolor and stacks well to save space.

2. Pyrex® 6-Cup Rectangle Glass Storage Dish ($4.79): The snug, BPA-free lid can allow this dish to work as a lunch box or dip transporter.

3. Sur la Table Glass Grid Bowls with Lids (Set of 15, $45.95): These elegant, heavy, multipurpose collection of French bowls has every size you'll want in the kitchen.

4. CorningWare SimplyLite® ($39.99): This 1-1/2 quart Square Baker with Glass Cover and Cradle weighs less than most ceramic bakeware and looks good on a buffet.

5. Pinnacle Ceramic Non-Stick Bakeware, 3 Quart Round Baker with Lid, White ($32.99): Ovenproof, freezer safe, and dishwasher safe, this baking dish is perfect for transporting your thoughtfully prepared sides.

6. Salad on Ice with Domed Lid ($24.99): This salad bowl may be acrylic, but if you're serving a salad with seafood or egg-based dressing, the ice compartment in the bottom is a must for keeping it cold.

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